When the team at Aloe Can You Go, gave me the chance to try their 9 day Aloe Vera cleanse detox programme I jumped at the chance. Having put on 6kg since the beginning of the year, a result of over-eating, over-drinking, and under exercising, I was in desperate need of a kick-start to reboot my system in preparation for the summer.
The 9 day cleanse phase promises to leave you feeling refreshed, lighter (approx. 5-13lbs weight loss) and more energized. Days 1-2 require some real will power and are the hardest days to complete as all you have is 1 shake (vanilla or chocolate flavored), Aloe Vera Drinking Gel a few times a day, some supplement tablets and lots & lots of water! You can also have as much herbal tea or hot water with lemon/ginger/mint etc. as you want, as they are a brilliant way of helping your body on the path of detoxifaction. If you can cope with those first couple of days, then the rest is a breeze!? Days 3-9 you carry on with the supplement tablets and Aloe Vera Drinking Gel a few times daily, but you get to have 2 of the yummy shakes (which provides you with 100% of your RDA of vitamins) and a 600 calorie allowance. While 600 calories may not sound like a lot, it can actually go a long way provided you don’t use it all up on a single chocolate bar. The team at Aloe Can You Go can also provide you with some 600 calorie meal ideas on request. Personally, I bought The Fast Recipe book based from on the now infamous 5:2 Diet, which provided me with plenty of ways to create delicious meals, spreading my 600 calories between breakfast and dinner.
You weigh yourself and take measurements (a tape measure is included in the Clean 9 pack) on days 1, 3, 6 & 10 (the day after the cleanse is over) which is a great way to keep motivated!
Surprisingly, I didn’t find the first two days, which consisted of only liquid and supplements, that difficult (maybe I was still full from my previous food binges). It was only towards the end of the evening of the second day that I felt the hunger pangs kicking in – and so a very early night called and I woke up on the third day feeling proud and elated that I had accomplished it.
Over the following 7 days I felt myself feeling gradually more energized, my eyes were looking whiter, my skin glowing, and my jeans were starting to fit again. I lost 3 kg and 1.5 inches around my waist and hips, which I was delighted about. While I did get the odd cravings when I saw my friends eating Red Velvet cake at a friends birthday party, I was surprisingly at ease during this programme and what I particularly loved was that it doesn’t limit you to being totally anti-social: I could still go for dinner with friends, or cook for guests that came round, albeit the portions and food choices were quite different. In addition, the shakes that you get are absolutely delicious – I mixed mine with water and some ice, but you can mix yours with cows milk if you prefer, or for a dairy-free option then try it with almond, rice or soya milk.
The Forever Living 9 day programme is a fantastic kick-start a sustainable diet plan setting you up for a more healthy way of living. One of the main things I learnt during this programme is just how much I was over-eating. While I won’t be limiting myself to 600 calories ongoing, I now know that I certainly need a lot less than I am used to consuming. We are all guilty of eating for the sake of eating, rather than when we feel truly hungry, and this awareness that I gained during my programme is something that has helped me continue to lose weight a week after completing it. It also gave me the kick start to quit caffeine, which I have found has done wonders for my energy levels and sleeping patterns, and my sugar cravings have also almost entirely gone.
The Clean 9 contains: 3 x 1L bottles of Aloe Drinking Gel, Forever Lite Ultra with Aminotein (the powder which makes the shakes), Forever Garcinia Plus supplements, Forever Bee Pollen tablets, a shaker, tape measure & measuring cup.
How It Works:
Here is what the Aloe Can You Go team tell us about the benefits of each of their supplements and gels, and how they help you to clean your body inside out:
Aloe Vera Gel
- Maintains a healthy digestive system.
- Maintains energy levels.
- Can be used as a daily nutritional tonic.
- Balances the immune system.
Aloe Vera Gel contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals, including the rare vitamin B12 – one of only two vegetable sources available. Folic acid, recommended by the Department of Health for all women planning a pregnancy, is also found naturally in the gel. Together it provides seven essential amino acids which are directly linked to cell growth, and which cannot be manufactured within the body from other sources. ?In fact, there are so many nutrients in this drink that it is difficult to catalogue all the benefits that have been reported.
Forever Lite Ultra (Shake)
- For a low-carb lifestyle
- Two shakes provide 100% RDA vitamins and minerals
- Natural flavoured
Two servings a day of Forever Lite Ultra with Aminotein, which can be prepared with milk or water, supply a full 100% of the RDA for the vitamins and minerals. Forever Lite Ultra with Aminotein supplies the 18 important amino acids, including essential, non-essential and branch-chain amino acids. Aminotein is a unique blend of enzymes specifically designed to break down protein in your diet.
Forever Garcinia Plus (Supplement)
- Effective in weight management
- Helps with healthy hair, nails and skin
- May help lower cholesterol
Garcinia Plus is a revolutionary nutritional supplement containing a number of ingredients that may contribute to weight loss, when combined with moderate exercise and a healthy diet. During the normal metabolism of a meal, carbohydrate calories that are not used immediately for energy or stored as glycogen, are converted into fats in the liver. Garcinia works by inhibiting the enzyme (citrate liase) which converts these calories into fat. As a result, the body will burn existing fat stores, helping you to lose weight. Another significant ingredient is chromium picolinate. Unfortunately, chromium can be rare in modern diets. Sugar and exercise also cause the body to use more of the limited amount consumed. Three Garcinia Plus capsules yield 300mcg of chromium, correcting this common deficiency. Chromium helps break down sugar for the body to use, and helps maintain correct blood pressures, whilst a deficiency can lead to high blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Thus chromium deficiency causes fatigue and excess fat production, and is a major contributor to heart disease and diabetes. ?The two final ingredients are: medium chain triglycerides (MCT) and safflower oil. These are called ‘healthy fats’ or ‘fatless fats’ and help to protect the heart, keep the blood vessels flexible and have been shown to be important for overall cardiovascular health. Garcinia Plus boosts the metabolic rate, so the body burns these oils for quick energy. These oils energise the body so quickly making Garcinia Plus a marvellous supplement for all athletes and sports enthusiasts. The added benefits of these healthy oils include their contribution to healthy skin, hair and nails. In summary, Garcinia Plus is designed to reduce the rate of conversion of dietary carbohydrate calories to fat, lower the production of both cholesterol and fatty acids and aid natural metabolism.
Forever Bee Pollen (Supplement)
- Multi-vitamin and multi-mineral supplement
- Energy booster
- Aids digestion
Bee pollen contains more nutrients per calorie than any other nutritional supplement and so it is little wonder that it is cited as one of the most complete foods available. These include all vitamins of the B-complex and vitamin C. Since these are water soluble, they should be taken daily. Bee pollen also contains vitamins D, E, K, and beta-carotene (vitamin A). It is a rich source of numerous minerals, (with calcium and phosphorous in an almost perfect 1:1 ratio), enzymes and co-enzymes, plant-source fatty acids, carbohydrates, proteins and 22 amino acids – including all eight ‘essential’ amino acids which the body cannot manufacture for itself.
If you want to try the Forever Living Detox Programme then e-mail [email protected]
Good Luck! Roxie Nafousi x